Dayton's Department Store, 700 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dayton's Department Store

Dayton's department store about 1915
Address: 700 Nicollet Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1902
Historic Function: Department store
Current Function: Department store
Architect or source of design: Charles S. Sedgwick
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
First Owner: Dayton Dry Goods Company

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin County

Dayton's Department Store, 700 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.976864° N, 93.272172° WLatitude: 44°58′36.71″N
Longitude: 93°16′19.819″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Year/s of Additions: 1937 and 1947



George Draper Dayton was born in Clifton Springs, New York, on March 6, 1857. He was the son of Dr. David Day and Caroline (Draper) Dayton, a physician and surgeon. George married Emma Willard Chadwick (1856-1931) at Lakemont, New York, on December 17, 1878. Their children included David Draper, Caroline, George Nelson, and Josephine.

George and his wife came to Minnesota in 1883 and settled at Worthington. George was involved in real estate investments there, and served as president of a bank. In 1884 he formed the Minnesota Loan & Investment Company, Worthington, and became its president. This company bought, sold, and lent money on farm lands and other real estate.

In 1902 the Daytons moved to Minneapolis, where George and two associates bought the R. S. Goodfellow Company, changing the name to the Goodfellow Dry Goods Company. In 1903 the name was changed to Dayton Dry Goods Company, and in 1911 to the Dayton Company. The firm became Dayton Corporation [ca.1967], and in 1969 was part of a merger that created The Dayton Hudson Corporation.

He was also president of the Dayton Investment Company, successor to the Minnesota Loan & Investment Company; the Dayton Foundation; and J. B. Hudson, Inc. He was a trustee of Macalester College (St. Paul), the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, the Minneapolis Board of Church Extension, Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Chicago), Union City Mission, Goodwill Industries, the Minneapolis Y.W.C.A., and other organizations.

Dayton, a lifelong Presbyterian, was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington; First Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis; and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis.

Emma Dayton died January 19, 1931. George Dayton died at his home in Minneapolis on February 18, 1938, and was interred at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Oak Grille

Recently renovated to reflect the original design… A Minneapolis tradition was born on October 2, 1947, when the Oak Grill opened for business. Architect Bob Hansen used characteristics from the Jacobean period in the design of the rooms. The ornate fireplace, originally from Salisbury, England, was over 300 years old when it was transported in sections and reassembled in the Oak Grill. With its solid oak columns and vast frame, it soon became the room’s focal point. Its distinctive appearance, along with dark paneling, red chairs and dim lighting, help give the Oak Grill its cozy ambiance.

Best Known For: Our famous Chicken Pot Pie, based on Mrs. Hering’s original recipe from 1890 updated with the freshest ingredients and hand-finished crust.

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Memories and stories


I remember taking the streetcar to downtown Minneapolis from my grandparents' house in Edina and shopping at the Dayton's store. It seemed really huge and wonderful to a young girl who was living in a town without escalators. We ate in the Sky Room and shopped for clothes. My mother loved looking at the rooms on the furniture floor. Tracey Baker


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